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Coyla Bowden was born June 21, 1912 to Clarence o. Oldham and Ica (Chezem) Oldham in Muskogee ?Oklahoma. She passed away June 25, 2018 at the age of 106. She grew up in Seminole, graduating in ?1930. She married Fred H. Bowden September 11, 1936. He preceded her in death on July 7, 1992. ?During World War II, he enlisted in the Marines and they moved to Norfolk, Virginia. After the war they ?moved to Norman, Oklahoma where she lived until moving to Primrose Retirement Community in ?Shawnee. She was an accountant for Phillips Motor Company until her retirement. She was a world ?traveler, visiting five continents, some several times. Among her favorite destinations were Beijing, ?London and Hong Kong. On her 80th birthday while on safari in Africa, the Masai tribe honored her with ?an impressive torchlight ceremony.
She was a devoted fan of the Oklahoma Sooner football team, holding season tickets for more than 65 ?years. At age 92, she decided to watch them on TV from the comfort of her living room couch instead of ?her seat in the upper deck of the stadium. Also, she was a volunteer at Norman Regional Hospital for ?more than 30 years.
She would be the first one to say she has had a wonderful life surrounded by her loving and supportive ?family including her sister Wanda White, Shawnee, Gene Oldham, Prague, as well as many nieces and ?nephews to whom she was confidante, mentor, advisor and Favorite Aunt.
A celebration of Life service will be July 13, 2018 at 10:00 A.M. at Fairview Cemetery, Shawnee under the direction of Walker Funeral Service.
Published on July 9, 2018
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